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The SCINet Virtual Research Support Core

The Virtual Research Support Core (VRSC) is comprised of ARS personnel and contract personnel at Iowa State University and Mississippi State University. The VRSC manages the day-to-day operations and maintenance of the Ceres and Atlas HPC systems and is also involved with the networking aspects of SCINet. The VRSC is staffed by talented IT administrators and engineers with expertise in high-performance computing system and network engineering, operations, maintenance, and administration.

Additionally, the VRSC provides research IT support, computational expertise in various research domains, and support for SCINet-funded workshops/training for SCINet users.

Research IT Support

  • Linux/Unix

  • Advanced scripting/parallelization

  • HPC operational support

  • Software development, software installation, assistance using software, assistance building containers

  • Data transfer

  • Data management

  • Cloud computing

Computational Research Domain Expertise

  • Bioinformatics and Sequence Data Analysis

  • Image Processing

  • Modeling

Support for SCINet-Funded Workshops/Training

The SCINet initiative funds various workshops and training events annually (Apply to Hold a SCINet-Funded Workshop/Training) to which the VRSC can provide the following types of support:

  • general SCINet information presentation with Q&A

  • hands-on SCINet training assistance

  • data management assistance / help designing computational workflows

How and When to Contact the VRSC

See the Contact Us page for more information